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Inside Your Scooter: Forks, Clamps, and Headsets

district scootersImagine going to a skate park with your scooter when someone tells you your fork has a crack. You might not know what he’s talking about, let alone checking if it has a crack. Most people are familiar with the three main parts of the scooter, but if you want to maintain it, you need to know the rest.

Swabbing the Deck

The heaviest part of the scooter is the deck; it’s also the main platform where the rider stands, and the piece holding everything together. Scooter decks are usually made of aluminium that’s either machined or moulded. The form of a deck is straightforward down the middle; but things get more complicated when you get to either end.
The front of your deck holds the headset, clamp, fork, and neck.


The fork supports the front wheel, extending through the headtube to the bar where it is secured by a clamp. A straightforward part doesn’t need much explanation; however, it is essential to the health of the scooter to take care of it. Even a small crack anywhere on the fork will affect your performance and merit a quick replacement.


The clamp is usually found above the headset and its role is simple. The clamp is there to secure the bars to the fork, ensuring that both rotate in sync and don’t slip apart. Clamps come in different styles and their importance has been taken into account. Many scooter manufacturers like District scooters sell specialiSed clamps as individual parts.


Headsets are about as complicated as you can get on a scooter; it contains the bearings, bearing cups, fork race, and top cap. All these parts work in harmony to ensure a smooth rotation of the fork and headtube. Think of the headset like the drivetrain of a car. Headsets come in different kinds: sealed, unsealed, threaded, and threadless. Scooter riders agree that threadless sealed headsets are the best quality however; they are also the most expensive. Headsets can also come with compression systems that strengthen the fork going into the headtube.

Knowing how your scooter works is the first step in knowing how to use them to your advantage. Try different styles of parts and see if they help improve your performance, or make riding easier.